If you’ve committed to Dry January, the annual initiative to stop drinking alcohol for the first month, bravo! The end is nigh! This newfound alcohol abstinence could be great on your health, wallet and possibly professional life. More importantly, hanging out with friends – sans hangover – produces an amazing cocktail of great memories, laughs and good company. If you’re supporting a friend in recovery or just want to mix it up because Happy Hour is just so overrated, here are five fun suggestions on where to meet up that don’t involve booze.
Organic Lip Balm Making Party
What could be more fun than making your own organic makeup with your girlfriends! Learn how to make your own natural goodness with Sparkle Joy Workshop in this private, DIY lip balm making class. Using a wide array of organic ingredients, you’ll get to choose your own scent, color, case, label and go home with five lippies to at the end of the two-hour workshop. With the option to bring the party to you (with a minimum of three friends or more) or go to their workshop located above Tai Wai MTR Station, there’s no excuse not to book! Prices start at HKD 300 per person.
1 Mei Tin Road, Festival City, Tai Wai, +852 9607 2380, firstname.lastname@example.org; workshops booked by appointment only
Group Reiki and Meditation Sessions
To get your #girlgang in the best possible mindset for the new year, a Group Energy Balance and Reiki Meditation with Corie Chu is in order! A Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Numerologist and Intuitive Energy Healer, Corie is one of Hong Kong’s leading practitioners of creating powerful changes in our physical, spiritual, emotional and mental selves. With weekly classes available in Central and Sai Ying Pun, Corie’s popular classes are sure to help you live to your truest potential. Learn a simple, natural and safe method of healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. Classes begin at HKD 100 per person.
Check Corie’s calendar for additional workshops or events.
Embroidery or Macrame Class
Looking for a creative outlet? Book a crafting workshop at Make and Do Hong Kong with their embroidery or macramé classes. The Gilmour Girls, two fun-loving sisters, with a background in textiles and fashion, will guide you on how to make your own gorgeous, boho wall hangings in their three-hour beginner classes. Learn all the steps, various knots, styles and patterns at their workspace in Chai Wan or other venues around town. They also loads od super fun arts & craft classes with holiday themes like DIY Christmas Cards and Make Your Own Laisee Packets. Make sure to check out their whole selection. Classes start at HKD 495.
906, Paramount Building, Three Keys Craft Space, 12 Ka Yip Street, Chai Wan; email@example.com
Soap Making Workshop
Roll up your sleeves and learn how to make your own soap at Eko Savon, a premium handcrafted HK-based soap company. Designed for complete soap-making novices, owner Kate Mercurio will guide you through the cold process method to make soap from scratch, choose your own natural scents & additives and how to handle lye and equipment safely at her studio in Fo Tan during the 2.5 hour workshop. In the end, you’ll go home with 11 beautiful 100g bars (after a weeklong drying period) to gift away or keep for yourself. Workshops are HKD 650 per person.
15/F, Workshop A, 33 – 35 Au Pui Wan Street, Century Industrial Centre, Fo Tan, +852 6380 0292, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sourdough Making Session
Enjoy a warm slice of artisanal bread in this fun three-hour workshop. Passionate about bringing home baking to Hong Kong, The Mixing Bowl offers an array of baking classes for kids as well as adults. This hands-on class will walk you through each stage of baking a rye sourdough loaf, teaching you the proper mixing, kneading bread baking techniques so you can make them at home. Workshops are HKD 750 per person.
23/F, 22 – 26 Bonham Strand, The Pemberton, Central, +852 2524 0001, email@example.com
Images courtesy of Pexels, Sparkle Joy Workshop, Corie Chu, Make and Do, Eko Savon, and The Mixing Bowl